A former Navy chaplain who was forced out of the service for
praying in Jesus' name while in uniform believes the GOP will
continue to lose until it selects candidates who can win the
support of evangelical Christians.
In the wake of the Republican Party's showing in the 2012
election, former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt sees at least
a couple of silver linings: the House remained in Republican
control, and the GOP expanded its advantage in governorships.
But when it comes to the presidential stakes, Klingenschmitt
contends that the Romney defeat proves once again that GOP
"establishment" candidates have proven to be disasters.
"When Republicans choose social
conservatives, they win; and when Republicans choose people like
Mitt Romney or John McCain -- who are social moderates who run in
the primaries against the church vote -- yeah, they may win the
primary, but then they lose the general election because the church
does not show up to support them," he expresses.
Still, Klingenschmitt says he is encouraged by the strong crop
of GOP governors and other conservatives who appear to be the
future of the Republican Party, including Mike Pence -- a former
five-term U.S. congressman who on Tuesday won the governor's seat
in Indiana. He takes office in January.
"Mike Pence would make a great presidential candidate in four
years," he tells OneNewsNow. "Jim DeMint from South Carolina is not
running again for the Senate in four years, so he'll have nothing
to do but run for president. I think he ought to do that."
But Klingenschmitt, who runs The Pray In
Jesus Name Project, says ultimately Christians must remember
that the government run by people is not the eternal
"Jesus Christ is still King of Kings, he's still Lord of Lords,"
he shares. "We can have faith in him, and we can stand up against
the persecution that is going to continue from the Obama